Made up of 25 alumni appointed to three-year terms and the president of the Student Alumni Association, this board meets on a quarterly basis at WIU. Members represent the interests of alumni and serve as liaisons to 25 University areas. The council assists in the recruitment of students, selects Alumni Award recipients, and was instrumental in establishing the Student Alumni Association.
NEXT MEETING: Saturday, April 18, 2015
Stipes Hall, Western Illinois University
2015 Alumni Council Meetings
Saturday, January 31
Saturday, April 18
Friday, October 2
New members elected
We are pleased to welcome John Meixner '95 '05, Regional Superintendent of Schools in Hancock and McDonough counties from Macomb, IL; Erika Lowe '09, Associate Director of Board and Committee Relations at the School of the Art Institute from Chicago; Tom O'Brien '07, Attorney at O'Brien and Somer in MoKena, IL, from Chicago; and Kellie Esters '93, Vice President of Fund Development and Donor Relations at UnityPoint Health – Trinity Health Foundation in Moline, IL, from Bettendorf, IA.
A letter from the Alumni Council President
Dear Alumni and Friends:
For more than half of my life, WIU has been a part of who I am. For me personally, I will be forever indebted to Western Illinois University for providing me the opportunity to establish lifelong friendships and access to professors and advisors who served as mentors that facilitated my growth as a student, a leader and a person. It is with great humility and honor that I take the reins as the President of the Western Illinois University Alumni Association.
Rarely a day goes by that I do not encounter something WIU. Whether it is passing a giant purple billboard along a highway, a proudly displayed window decal or license plate, seeing someone wearing Leatherneck gear, or discovering a business contact that also has a WIU connection - I seem to notice WIU students and alumni almost everywhere. The tradition is for a new Alumni Council President to offer a challenge to our nearly 120,000 alumni across the world. Mine is very simple. Share your Western story.
The Western Illinois University experience is a unique one for each of us. Next time you come across a WIU connection in your life, make a point of acknowledging it. Come out to one of the many WIU Alumni events held around the country each year (wiu.edu/alumni/events). Take time to reconnect with an old roommate, fraternity/sorority member or former professor. Perhaps it is time to reflect on those at WIU that have made a difference in your life or career and thank them for their influence. However you decide to share your Western story, do it proudly. Once a Leatherneck, always a Leatherneck.
Jeffery L. McElroy
President, WIU Alumni Council
Alumni Council Members Sought
The WIU Alumni Association is looking for dedicated leaders of all ages, ethnicity, gender, geographic location, career fields, etc. to serve on the WIU Alumni Council. If you or someone you know is an active alumnus that would be a good candidate, please send the nomination form and resume to the Alumni Association at 1 University Circle, Macomb, IL 61455 or fax (309)298-2914. The deadline is March 1. (You may save and email your form to A-Association@wiu.edu only if your computer has Adobe Acrobat Professional, not Adobe Acrobat Reader.)
Or, click here to print off and then fill out the nomination form.
2014 - 2015 Council Members
- Eldon Brown 1996
- James Carter 1975
- Kirk W. Dillard 1977 (Ex Officio Member)
- Amber Duncan 2000
- Kellie Esters 1993
- Brett Goad 1974, 1976
- Kris Kelly 1990, 1992 - Past President
- Fred Longacre 1964
- Erika Lowe 2009
- Kort McCulley 2004, 2006
- Jeff McElroy 1997 - President
- John Meixner 1995, 2005
- Adriana Miranda 2016
- Mishelle Oaks 1997
- Tom O'Brien 2007
- Joe Roselieb 2007, 2009
- Matt Saey 2006
- John Sanders 1974 - Secretary
- Brian Savage 1973
- Carol Scott 1970 - Vice President
- Kathy Sullivan 1978
- Dan Szajna 2000
- Tye Taylor 1979
- Tom Tomaszewski 1970, 1972
- Matthew Toland 2005, 2010
- Shane Van Vleet 2002
Alumni Council Featured Member
Matthew Toland 2005, 2010
Degree: Bachelor of Arts degree in women's studies and MA in museum studies, both from WIU
Business Information: Executive Director of The Campbell Center for Historic Preservation Studies
Advice for Freshmen: Get involved and stay busy. Get to know your professors and keep in touch when you graduate. After you graduate, attend Alumni events and give money to the University so that new students can have a great experience at WIU like you did! You will get out of your time at Western what you put into it. Have fun and get active!
Favorite WIU Memory: I was busy when I attended WIU. I loved going to concerts; plays and musical; lectures; Women's basketball, softball and soccer games; homecoming; meetings; and other special events. What a wonderful opportunity to explore and learn!
Family/Hobbies: I still like to keep busy. I am on the Board of Directors for Quad Citians Affirming Diversity (QCAD, a LGBTQ Community Center in Rock Island), the Illinois Association of Museums, The Illinois State Historical Society and the WIU Alumni Council. I am currently teaching in the Museum Studies program at the WIU-QC campus and I LOVE to travel.